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John Steuart Curry

Our Good Earth
1942
watercolor
13 3/8 x 11 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson and William T. Evans

When John Steuart Curry was asked to create a monumental image for a war bond poster during World War II, he depicted a noble American farmer standing tall in his Kansas wheatfield, flanked by two carefree children. This watercolor is a study for the painting, which was then reproduced as a poster captioned "Our Good Earth—Keep It Ours."